Monday, October 25, 2010
Tell us the truth/ Don't let us down/ You're a fool if you do---
Rock n' roll does emotional truth really well. When it's positive and upbeat, and a truth everyone wants to believe, it's pop, top 40 material easily. Calm down! That doesn't mean bad...
Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" expresses a subtle ache before a date...with power chords! But when you start talking about the real truth, that no one wants to hear, you are talking punk rock or hard core.
Probably the opposite of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" is G.G. Allin's "You Hate Me and I Hate You."
I love this song, because this is how all my high school pain started, really. I think it's where a lot of pain for a lot of people begins. I never heard these kinds of lyrics anywhere else.
You know, you know that you don't like me and I don't like you
You never listen to my point of view - I'm telling you
Why don't you all drop dead, you fucking fools - It's you who lose
You never wanted me so I say fuck you
You know, you know that you don't like me so I say fuck you
More on letting loose or now that we live in a mentally hygenic world,"acting out"
Telling Them by Social Distortion
Some of my favorite truth songs are simple. One was only 12 bars "I GOT THE JOB I GOT THE JOB I GOT THE JOB I GOT IT"
This is a little more traditional--
Iyiyiyi wanna fuck Annette! Wowowow!
Maybe the most basic truth of all...
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I have to say I'm a purist when it comes to naming things in general. Punk is 1950s rock n' roll played much faster and much drunker, with a whole lot of attitude. And it wants to be loved or hated. The most insulting thing you can say about a punk rock band or song was "eh, it was alright, a little schmaltzy." If the music is anything else, it should be called something else. Emo, screamo, power pop, no wave, new wave and hardcore are all great things to be, but they are not really punk rock--perhaps nephews or cousins of the genre.
Here is my punk rock love set:
Johnny Thunders "I love you"
The Ramones "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"
The Clash "Janie Jones"
Is there love in a rock n' roll world? Is there love in a Janie Jones world?
The Buzzcocks "Love You More"
It's in my blood to always love you more
The Cramps "Like a Bad Girl Should" risque video
I love your ass for bad or worse (now that's love!)
Motorhead "Love Me Like a Reptile"
You know I've got my eyes on you,
You're petrified, gonna stick like glue,
Love Me Like A Reptile, shock you like an electric eel
I'm at my borderline/ I love you girl but I don't know why/ I have to love you so
Stiff Little Fingers "Barbed Wire Love"
The Senders "My Baby Glows in the Dark"
I got a feelin' inside o' me/ It's kinda strange like a stormy sea....
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
It's not a good idea to use the type of sprays that numb the throat or drink syrup type liquors. You need to remain sensitive to the irritation to know if you're causing damage.
"Belting": Forcing your voice to extend the chest register higher than it should be by singing loud. (You are vulnerable to vocal damage by doing this.)
Scorpio (Oct 22-Nov. 21)
Each muscle, when isolated, has a simple function. However, activated simultaneously, they begin to work against each other.Control is lost to a battle of tensions once you can no longer separate one muscle's job from another's.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Usually singers smoke a little pot to get loose and uninhibited. I think there is a better way to deal with your nerves than placing such a burden on the larynx...
Capicorn (Dec. 22- Jan 21)
There's nothing more powerful than your opinion of yourself. In the end that statement makes or breaks every singer.
Aquarius (Jan. 22-Feb. 21)
With an "oo" vowel, vocalize a continuous sound, starting in a middle range and sliding down gradually to your lowest note. This will sound like an old siren winding down or a bomb dropping.
Pisces (Feb.22-Mar 21)
Any sport you can think of that combines quick blasts of energy with stretching, jumping, bending and balance becomes a good cross trainer for singers. They build your endurance and lung capacity and sharpen your reflexes which are all pluses.